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Special Criminal Court Gangster Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell to face Gareth Hutch murder charge next year

Mr Justice Hunt fixed June 15, 2022, for Mr McConnell's case and put the matter in, for mention, on January 11, 2022

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Thomas ‘Nicky’ McConnell

Thomas ‘Nicky’ McConnell

Thomas ‘Nicky’ McConnell

A Dublin man will go on trial next year at the non-jury Special Criminal Court charged with the murder of a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch five years ago.

Thomas McConnell (35) of Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 11, is charged with the murder of Gareth Hutch (36), contrary to common law, on  May 24, 2016, at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1.

Fiona Murphy SC, for the State, said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was applying to have Mr McConnell's trial heard before the three-judge court.

In certain cases the State can apply for a certificate to transfer a trial to the Special Criminal Court if it is believed the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective administration of justice.

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Gareth Hutch was gunned down.

Gareth Hutch was gunned down.

Gareth Hutch was gunned down.

 

Mr Justice Tony Hunt on Thursday granted the State's application to hear the case at the Special Criminal Court.

Mark Lynam BL, on behalf of Mr McConnell who was not in court, requested a trial date for his client's case.

Mr Justice Hunt fixed June 15, 2022, for Mr McConnell's case and put the matter in, for mention, on January 11, 2022.

In June, Mr McConnell appeared at Tallaght District Court on foot of an extradition warrant from Turkey on a charge of the murder of Mr Hutch.

Gareth Hutch, a nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside the Avondale House flats complex in Dublin on the morning of May 24, 2016.

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